KEPHIS Launches Fruits Farming in Kericho County
Nyalilbuch, Kericho County - Agriculture Cabinet Secretary (CS) Willy Bett has urged young people to embrace horticulture.
Speaking during the official launch of fruits production in Nyalilbuch in Soin/Sigowet constituency, Bett said the horticulture sub-sector earns the country approximately Sh100 billion in foreign exchange every year.
“Agriculture is the mainstay of Kenya’s economy and currently represents 25.4 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Horticulture is growing at an annual rate of 15-20 per cent and provides 8 per cent of GDP,” said Bett.
The CS added that country’s focus is shifting from subsistence agriculture to practicing agriculture as a business.
“Agri-business means that agriculture has the capacity to be a fulfilling, full time income earner. However, this can only be achieved by the uptake of new technologies and modern methods of farming,” said Bett.
The CS added that though the wider Kericho County is well known for tea cultivation, a plan for alternative agricultural and other sectoral interventions to boost the region’s economically was welcome.
Some of the farmers who attended the training on fruits production in Nyalilbuch, Soin/Sigowett constituency, Kericho County
KEPHIS MD Dr Esther Kimani said they were ready to support small scale farmers in the county access export market and hence improve their income and standards of living.
She added that they will continue to enhance the protection of the country’s resources by undertaking testing soils for fertility evaluation, testing water for irrigation suitability, fertilizers, manures and agro-chemicals for quality assurance to facilitate optimal productivity.
The event, attended by over 500 farmers was graced by the Governor of Kericho County H.E. Prof. Paul Chepkwony and former Minister for Roads Hon. Franklin Bett.
The CS also gave out seedlings to farmer and women groups in the area.
CS Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr. Willy Bett(left) presenting seedlings to farmers during the official launch of fruits farming in Nyalilbuch, Soin Sigowet, Kericho County